Pitcairn itself still has a tropical climate with a southern latitude of around 25 °, with a lot of rain during the rainy season, especially in the period from December to February. The mean temperatures in January are around 24 °C and those in July are still 19 °. The mean annual rainfall in the entire area is around 2,000 mm. The island of Henderson, which belongs to the Pitcairn archipelago, has an average rainfall of 1,620 mm and is less rainy than Pitcairn itself, which has an average rainfall of 2,100 mm.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Henderson Island was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1988. This uninhabited coral island is part of the Pitcairn Islands. The island covers an area of 37.3 km².
Most of the ships are in the roadstead in this bay in order to bring visitors and/or goods ashore from here in small boats – around twelve meters long aluminum boats (longboats). Christian’s Cave Close to Adamstowm is Christian’s Cave, an impressive place with a stunning view over the island and the surrounding sea. According to tradition, the leader of the Bounty mutineers, Fletcher Christian, sat there very often and looked anxiously for English warships. There is also a small overgrown and weathered cemetery. Tomb of John Adams Also of interest is the tomb of John Adams, the last surviving mutineer of the Bounty on the island.
Around this small square are the church, the post office, the meeting house and the courtroom. In the post office you can buy the island’s very valuable postage stamps, which have been available there since 1940.
There has recently been a museum on the island in which not only the remains of the Bounty can be seen. Tools exhibited in the museum and found on the island show that the island was inhabited or at least visited by humans, at least temporarily, before the mutinies of the Bounty. One of the showpieces of the exhibition is Christian’s miraculously preserved Bible.
The multi-million dollar museum was initiated and paid for by the British government to reactivate economic and cultural life on the island. It was built from wood in the colonial style and its individual parts were transported halfway across the world.